Push­ing bound­aries

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Hor­sham Re­gional Art Gallery cu­ra­tor Ali­son Eg­gle­ton and Ararat Re­gional Art Gallery di­rec­tor An­thony Camm have com­bined forces to cu­rate a new ex­hi­bi­tion.

The pair has se­lected tex­tile and fi­bre art items to present En­meshed: Wo­ven art­works from the Ararat Re­gional Art Gallery col­lec­tion into the Hor­sham gallery’s newly ren­o­vated spa­ces.

Ms Eg­gle­ton said the ex­hi­bi­tion spanned the heady days of the 1970s through to now and fea­tured works by for­ma­tive in­flu­ences such as John Corbett, Ewa Pachuka and Jutta Fed­der­son, along­side more con­tem­po­rary artists in­clud­ing Kate Just, Se­bas­tian Di Mauro and Lucy Irvine, who took the idea of weav­ing in fresh, new di­rec­tions.

En­meshed ex­plores the ways artists use tex­tile and fi­bre ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques to push the bound­aries of con­tem­po­rary prac­tice, from large tex­tile works that soften pub­lic spa­ces; works that ref­er­ence gen­der, cul­tural iden­tity and the re­la­tion­ship to the body; through to in­no­va­tive works that com­bine un­con­ven­tional ma­te­ri­als with ref­er­ence to weav­ing tra­di­tions.

“Ararat Re­gional Art Gallery is Australia’s most ded­i­cated pre­sen­ter and col­lec­tor of con­tem­po­rary tex­tile art,” Ms Eg­gle­ton said.

“Since the mid-1970s the gallery has boldly as­serted its lead­er­ship in this field with works that re­vive and re-imag­ine tra­di­tional and modern tex­tile craft.

“They could not have imag­ined that within 40 years the gallery would hold such a premier col­lec­tion in Vic­to­ria and ar­guably in Australia. “It is this we wish to ac­knowl­edge.’ The ex­hi­bi­tion will be in Hor­sham Re­gional Art Gallery un­til March 4.

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